Sun-dried Tomato Tapenade On Polenta Triangles
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Prep Time: 10 min Total Time: 35 min Yield: 8 Serving
Nutrition facts: 240 calories 9 grams fat
12 black brine-cured olives (like Kalamata) -- pitted
9 sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil -- well-drained, -- coarsely chopped
1/4 c chopped fresh parsley
2 Tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp chopped fresh thyme
1 small garlic clove -- minced
1 1/4 c whipping cream
1 1/4 c water
3/4 tsp salt
2/3 c yellow cornmeal
3/4 tsp hot pepper sauce -- (Tabasco)
4 Tbsp olive oil
chopped fresh parsley
For tapenade: Combine all ingredients in processor. Using off/on turns, process until finely chopped. Transfer to a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
For polenta: Combine cream, water and salt in heavy medium saucepan. Bring to boil. Gradually whisk in cornmeal. Reduce heat to medium-low and stir until polenta is thick, about 10 minutes. Mix in hot sauce. Season with pepper. Pour into an 8-inch square glass baking dish. Chill until cold, about 1 hour.
(Tapenade and polenta can be made 1 day ahead. Cover separately & chill).
Cut polenta into 12 squares. Cut each square in half diagonally, forming 24 triangles. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a heavy large non-stick skillet over high heat. Working in batches, add polenta triangles and saute until golden, adding remaining 2 T. oil as necessary, about 2 minutes per side per batch. Transfer polenta to paper towels, drain. Divide tapenade among triangles. Arrange on platter. Garnish with parsley. Serve at room temperature.
© Jim Catanich